Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

When I thought about how I wanted to celebrate my 25th birthday, I imagined cheering flutes with friends, laughter with family, a romantic night out with Allyn… and food. Lots of it.

Naturally being a self-confessed foodie, booking a restaurant (or three) is my go to for a celebration, because is there much better way to spend one’s birthday than moaning with satisfaction over a creamy rich pasta?

Last week, after spending the morning playing homemade arcade games with Allyn (yes I know, I’m a very lucky lady), I was presented with a card inscribed ‘Be My Guest’. On a somewhat rare occasion, I’d somehow put my controlling antics to one side and managed to resist every kind of temptation to pick where to spend my birthday evening, instead presenting my man with my lengthy ‘ole London bucket list – well I had to control something 😉

“A table for 2 at Gilbert Scott” it read.

Boy did good.

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

Gilbert Scott

We perched in a cosy corner table of the luxurious Marcus Wareing restaurant, the lights beginning to dim as the piano tinkled and guests chattered over exquisite looking dishes such as the tomato, basil and olive amushe bouche that came promptly to our table.

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

As we perused the menu, we toasted to turning 25 with a carafe of 2015 Muscadet ‘sur lie’. The starters were a feast for the eyes but wanting to save room for dessert we went straight in for the mains and believe me there were no regrets.

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

Fancying a spin on a seafood dish I ordered the Cornish monkfish, served with paper thin slices of caramelised cauliflower, fregula and a rich cauliflower puree. The fish was unlike any I’ve had, served on a bone and packed with flavour. I was in amore of the fregula, small droplets of pasta, buttery and soft.

Allyn’s main almost gained food envy but with it being my birthday I was allowed to sample more than one spoonful! A slow cooked lamb rump came served on roasted spring onions, labneh and zhug (a hot coriander chilli sauce that Allyn couldn’t get enough of). On top of the dish were two grilled lamb ribs, so rich and full of flavour that they made me quite literally roll my eyes with satisfaction each time I took a bite.

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

On the side we ordered a portion of triple cooked chips with a smoky butter mousse that was quite literally melt in the mouth. Could this meal get much better?

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

Time for desserts! I toyed between half of the menu up until the last moment, finally deciding on the apricot, hazelnut and Earl Grey tart served with crème fraiche. It was sickly sweet like treacle, balanced with the fruit and a nutty base.

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

Allyn’s choice of a clover club cheesecake with raspberry sorbet was the prettiest dish of the night, bright pink with beautiful layers of a jellied smooth mixture and fresh berry zing.

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

Whilst I was busy snapping away, a sparkling plate suddenly appeared beside me! A Happy Birthday wish from the Gilbert Scott team. As I made a wish (no telling!) and blew out my candle I examined the mini dessert. A canape size lemon meringue pie almost left me with no room to finish my own pud, sweet and not so sharp with a divine marshmallow topping.

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

Celebrating my 25th Birthday... As a Foodie

I would highly recommend Gilbert Scott for a weekday birthday occasion. The service and food is dependably excellent and it’s worth saving time for a quick wander around the exquisite St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.

Coppa Club

Round two.

For my Saturday night weekend celebrations, I organised a small dinner for 10 at Coppa Club Tower Bridge, taking place in one of their sunny cabanas on the riverfront. The former igloos that were booked up in days have now transformed into fairy lit cabins, dripping in wisteria and ivy.

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

It was a perfect sheltered spot for a muggy summers evening, especially for the handful of bloggers in attendance! Even your most cynical friend would want to Instagram this spot.

Now you’re paying for the surroundings perhaps more so than the food but with main courses at an average of £14 a pop, who can complain. I was impressed with my crab linguine and many other dishes around the table looked like a hit. My only pet peeve was the slow service, with top ups taking longer than my empty flute could handle but it wasn’t a spoiler in any shape or form.

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

Moving on from the river, we mooched over to City Social where cocktails and wine were sipped to the midnight view of London.

Blixen

Extremely slightly bleary eyed with a regret of mixed drinks, I awoke on the Sunday to herd my family over to Spitalfields Market where I’d made a reservation at Blixen. A restaurant I’d walked past but never eaten in on more than one occasion, I was desperate to give it a go.

The conservatory was beautiful, every corner covered in large plants and bulb fairy lights. We plonked ourselves down on a long comfy table, scattered in cushions and spacious for 12.

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

The menu was packed with temptations, with even a brunch menu available all day. My roast chicken was a ginormous beast of a bone, meat falling off at the touch and dripping in juices. Alongside were some buttery potatoes and a delicious charred cabbage.

Other dishes looked equally droolworthy; a cheesy burger, chorizo bites, lamb ragu and poached eggs with a potato rosti.

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

For pud we ordered a selection; sweets and chocolate for the kids, some sorbet for my hungover head and a saffron spiced poached pear that was too pretty to resist.

Again you could say the service was long but you try being a Chef cooking up a meal for 12 people… as well as the other 70 covers packed with families on a Sunday lunchtime. As someone who is never in a rush to leave a restaurant, I was impressed.

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

Three meals later and one too many food babies conceived, I was ready to crawl into my PJs and watch Sing with my man.

Here’s to turning 25. If this year is anything like my birthday, I’ll be one happy (albeit slightly chubbier) lady.

Celebrating my 25th Birthday… As a Foodie

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9 Comments

  1. 24th July 2017 / 1:27 am

    You two are such a gorgeous couple!! Happy Belated Birthday doll and I love how many birthday celebrations you had!! xx

    • 31st July 2017 / 4:54 pm

      Aw thanks you sweetie! xx

  2. 21st July 2017 / 4:03 pm

    Happy birthday! Looks like you had pretty epic celebrations – I’d love to visit all of these places one day, especially Coppa Club because it just looks tooooo pretty! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • 31st July 2017 / 4:55 pm

      Thanks Laura!! It’s so beautiful, I’m definitely going back for Christmas this year! x

  3. 21st July 2017 / 12:23 pm

    Oh honey, this is such a lovely post, what a beautiful birthday weekend! So loved sharing it with you 🙂 Still, birthday Part II to come in August!! The triple cooked chips with butter mousse at the Gilbert Scott looks like the perfect carbicide too. Want!

    • 31st July 2017 / 4:55 pm

      Eeeee can’t wait! Oh my gosh they were delicious. Even when I was full I couldn’t resist one more bite.

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